The infielder of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Gavin Lux, left before the end of the game, in Sunday’s defeat by a score of 6-5 against the Colorado Rockies, with a hamstring injury. Lux immediately grabbed his left hamstring area as he came out of the batter’s box after hitting a groundout in the ninth inning, and was replaced at shortstop in the bottom half of the frame.
The Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts, described the injury to reporters as a “cramp, slight strain” problem, and Lux will likely miss at least a few games while team coaches and doctors conduct tests:
If Lux is required to go on the disabled list, it will create another hole on the Dodgers roster that has not been entirely healthy at any point this season. Pitching injuries have been the biggest problem for the defending World Series champs, but several notable position players have lost time, including the continued absence of Corey Seager due to a broken hand. (Lux himself had a minimum 10-game stay on the inactive list due to wrist pain in April.)
Lux started the season as regular second baseman for the Dodgers, but took over as lead shortstop when Seager was offside. Seager is playing simulated games and could be pretty close to coming back, but until he actually does come back, Chris Taylor will likely be the best option at shortstop if Lux is out as well.
Lux, one of baseball’s best prospects during his time in the Los Angeles agricultural system, has yet to reach that high potential, though he has only played 124 major league games between 2019 and 21. Lux posted an OPS of .655 over 151 at-bats in his first two seasons and appeared in just one game during the Dodgers’ postseason last fall.
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Lux has hit .227 / .307 / .349 with six home runs in 313 plate appearances this season. There is some element of bad luck at play, considering Lux’s .294 wOBA is well below her .320 xwOBA, but even that last stat is below average.